The Best Stew in the Whole World

The Best Stew Recipe In the WorldThe Best Stew Recipe In the WorldLet me just start this post by saying: if you don’t eat meat, I apologize profusely. Not only for the fact that this is a meaty post, but for the fact that you mouth will be missing out on this bonkers delicious stew. For the rest of you, prepare yourselves for the best stew in the whole world.

Mr. Lovely and I started making this recipe after we got married because we got a crock pot for our wedding and it seemed like the right thing to do when you have a crock pot. Ya know. Make stew. And once we had it we couldn’t quit it. This recipe comes out every fall and stays in heavy rotation until the weather gets warmer again. We adapted it from this recipe, but the tweaks we’ve made over the years make it faster, easier, and more delicious (in the opinion of my humble taste buds). Now don’t get scared about the list of ingredients when you see it. Probably most of them are already in your cabinets; there’s quite the gang of seasonings in this bad boy.

Ingredients for Creole Seasoning

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme

Ingredients for Stew

  • olive oil
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Creole Seasoning
  • 3/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups beef stock, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 pound small (golf ball size) potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup coarsely diced onion
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • a few sprigs fresh parsley

Make Time: 10 Minutes Prep, 8 Hours Cook Time

Mix up your creole seasoning. (Note! We made the seasoning the first time we ever cooked the stew and still haven’t run out. You’ll just need to do this once in a blue moon. If you don’t want a ton of leftover seasoning, cut the measurements down.)

Sautee all meat in a pan with a splash of olive oil and a tsp of salt, a tsp of creole seasoning, and 1/2 tsp of pepper. Don’t cook your meat all the way through; just brown it for a few minutes on each side.

Into the crock pot, put butter, mushrooms, flour, beef stock, tomato paste, herbs, spices, and browned meat. Cover and cook on high for one hour. Add potatoes and carrots, stir, cover, and cook for another six hours. Add diced onions, stir, cover, and cook for another hour. During the final few minutes, stir in the peas. Either chop and stir in the parsley, or add on top of each bowl as a garnish.

Take it to the next level with some rustic bread that you love. We always get a loaf of kalamata olive bread and go to town. It’s the perfect winter meal, guys! Hope you try it out. And if you have another favorite stew recipe, leave a link in the comments! xoxo

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

The Best Stew Recipe In the World

10 thoughts on “The Best Stew in the Whole World”

  1. I saw this too late to use the slow cooker, so I made it in the pressure cooker. It looked so good I coulnd’t resist making it for dinner today, so I had to make do with what I had, and since I was almost out of potatoes and had no mushroom, I added 1/2 medium chopped cauliflower. It was sooooo good!

    I can see how the flavors might develop better in the slow cooker though, so next time I will shop beforehand and get started early so I can follow the recipe to the letter!

    Thank you for sharing this, it was delicious.

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